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A BOOK OF 

Zable Qraces 

JOHN LEWIS SANDLIN 




FLEMING H. REVELL COMPANY 



COPYRIGHT © MCMLXUI BY FLEMING H. REVELL COMPANY 

All rights reserved 

Library of Congress Catalog Card Number: 63-7597 

Printed in the United States of America 

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To 

Grace and Hiram 

Mary and Martha 

Sandlin 



PREFACE 

A little prayer at mealtime, a word of thanks and praise, 
a request for God's blessing, an assurance of God's presence 
— these will be found in this Book of Table Graces. 

Such prayer at mealtime is a sacrament of unity and 
strength for the group, especially the family. 

These prayers include graces for the three meals, special 
graces for children, and graces appropriate for outstanding 
anniversaries. 

It is my hope that this book may become a reminder of 
our dependence upon God's grace, love and mercy which 
are ours in abundance. 

John Lewis Sandlin 
Nashville, Tennessee 



CONTENTS 

Preface 5 

MORNING GRACES 9 

NOON GRACES 18 

EVENING GRACES 32 

CHILDREN'S GRACES 51 

ANNIVERSARY GRACES 58 

NEW YEAR'S DAT 58 

EPIPHANY 58 

ASH WEDNESDAY 58 

PALM SUNDAY 59 

MAUNDY THURSDAY 59 

GOOD FRIDAY 60 

EASTER 60 

mother's DAY 61 

father's day 61 

memorial day 61 

children's day 62 

independence day 62 

62 

63 
63 
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THANKSGIVING 
CHRISTMAS EVE 
CHRISTMAS 
YEAR'S END 



MORNING GRACES 



Lord of life, Thou giver of every blessing, we thank 
Thee for the morning light and fellowship around this 
table. Thou hast blessed us with this food. We accept it in 
the spirit of thanksgiving. Amen, 

Our Father, Thou hast blessed us with food and drink. 
Our daily provision is from Thy bountiful goodness. May 
we be grateful as Thy children. Amen. 

O Lord, we lift our hearts in the spirit of gratitude for 
Thy goodness to us. Thou hast given more than we deserve. 
We are grateful for everything. In the Master's name. 
Amen. 

Our Father, with grateful hearts we bow before Thee. 
Accept our thanks for these and other blessings. May we 
remember to be generous to others. Amen. 

Thine, O Lord, we are, and Thee we desire to serve. As 
we accept these provisions of Thy love, we would be humbly 
grateful. In Jesus' name. Amen. 

Thou, O Lord, hast given these provisions for the nour- 
ishment of our bodies. We thank Thee. Thou hast blessed 
us with health and strengthened us in body. We are grateful ; 
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. 

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Eternal and beneficial are Thy mercies, O Lord. So many 
evidences of Thy generosity remind us to give thanks. 
Amen. 

Dear Lord and Father, may we be sincerely mindful of 
our obligation to pause in humility and gratitude for these 
and other blessings. We accept them in the spirit of the 
Master, in whose name we pray. Amen. 

Our Father, make us thoughtful and attentive to the needs 
of those who are less fortunate than we ourselves. With 
grateful hearts we bow in Thy presence. Amen. 

Our Father, so many evidences of Thy love are before us: 
the morning light, the fellowship of family and friends, 
this food we are about to receive. We are humbly grateful 
for all. Amen. 

Heavenly Father, we thank Thee for this meal. Bless us 
as we eat it and prepare us to be useful in Thy service ; for 
Christ's sake. Amen. 



Our heavenly Father, 

By Thy providence are we fed ; 

Through Thy love we share this fellowship. 
In this meal we find our bread 

And offer thanks for living friendship. Amen. 

Our Father, accompany us through this new day ; help us 
to find sustenance in this food Thou hast provided, that we 
may better serve Thee and our fellow man. In the attitude 
of Jesus. Amen. 



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Our Father, with grateful hearts we give thanks for our 
rest during the night. And now we bless Thee for this food 
and family fellowship. In the Master's name. Amen. 

So close are we to Thee, O Lord; 

So dependent do we feel. 
Accept our thanks that we may see 

Thy great provision through this meal. Amen. 

Heavenly Father, Thou hast smiled upon us through the 
blessing of this food. Thou hast provided for every need. 
May we be grateful for Thy bountiful care for us ; in Jesus' 
name. Amen. 

O Lord, accept our thanks for food and drink and rai- 
ment. Abide with us as we partake of this meal. Amen. 

Be present here with us, O Lord. Remind us of our obli- 
gation to give thanks for these and other blessings that come 
so freely from Thy bounty. Amen. 

With gratitude we lift our thoughts to Thee, O Lord. 
How wonderful Thou hast been to us through the provision 
for our needs! We would accept them in Thy name. Amen. 

Our Father, as we receive these tokens of Thy love, help 
us to remember to feed others who are hungry. In Thy name. 
Amen. 

Heavenly Father, 

With thankful hearts renewed, 
With fellowship unbounded, 
With gratitude expressed, 

We accept this food. Amen. 



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Bless us, O Lord, and prepare our attitudes with the 
spirit of thanksgiving as we receive this blessing of food; 
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. 

Thou Giver of life and health and strength, we praise 
Thee for this day. Make us truly thankful for this food that 
sustains our physical bodies; through Jesus Christ our Lord. 
Amen. 

Gracious Father, we come to partake of this food that 
brings strength to our bodies. Enliven our spirits and renew 
our enthusiasm for Thy work ; in the name of Christ. Amen. 

Dear Lord and Father, who hast provided for every need, 
we thank Thee for these and all other blessings. In the 
Master's name. Amen. 

Our Father, may this new day be one of thanksgiving and 
praise. As we receive this food, make us strong to do Thy 
will ; in Thy name. Amen. 

May Thy sustaining grace abide with us, as we offer 
unto Thee our thanks for this meal. Bless us by Thy 
presence; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. 

Our Father in heaven, bless Thy creatures everywhere. 
Use us to provide food for the hungry. We give Thee 
thanks for this, our daily bread that bringeth strength. 
Amen. 

Our Father, may we receive this food as a symbol of 
Thy provision for our physical and spiritual sustenance. 
We are grateful for it. Amen. 



MORNING GRACES 



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Eternal God, so may we worship Thee this day that 
all we receive will remind us to be thankful; through 
Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. 

Our Father, with gratitude and humility, we accept 
these tokens of Thy sustaining love. In the Master's 
name. Amen. 

May we thank Thee for all we now receive. Thou hast 
blessed us with more than we could ever deserve. Help 
us to use it for Thy glory. Amen. 

O Lord, from whom all blessings flow without limita- 
tion, we give Thee thanks for this food. With grateful 
hearts we accept it ; in Thy name. Amen. 

For the rest in the night and the promise of the day, 
we thank Thee, Lord. We are grateful for all Thy Pro- 
vision for our physical and spiritual needs. Bless us as 
we wait in Thy presence. Amen. 

Heavenly Father, without whose sustaining grace we 
cannot live, we bless Thee for these material expressions of 
Thy love and care. Abide with us as we eat it; in Thy 
name. Amen. 

Sustain us, O Lord, through the nourishing qualities of 
this food we are now receiving. Make us grateful for it; 
in the name of Jesus. Amen. 

Thou hast given us food for our bodies and fellowship 
to cheer our spirits. Be present with us here, that we may 
thank Thee; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. 



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Eternal God our Father, we thank Thee for the pro- 
vision of food and drink that are before us here. May we 
respond to Thy call as our bodies are fed. In Jesus' name. 
Amen. 

By Thy bountiful provision for these our needs, by Thy 
generosity, Thou hast blessed us, O Lord. We are grateful ; 
help us to express our love for Thee and for one another. 
Amen. 



Our Father, we acknowledge our continuing dependence 
upon Thee. As we receive nourishment through this meal, 
may we be humbly grateful. For Christ's sake. Amen. 

Our Father, Thy goodness to us here reminds us to bow 
and express to Thee our gratitude for all Thy blessings. 
We find our needs supplied abundantly. We accept this 
food with grateful hearts. Amen. 

Bless us, O Lord, with health and strength. We now 
receive this food, knowing that we are unworthy; yet we 
accept it in the knowledge of Thy presence. Bless us all. 
In Thy name. Amen. 

Our heavenly Father, with grateful hearts we give Thee 
thanks for life, for truth, and for love. Thou hast blessed 
us in so many ways; we cannot count them. Thou hast led 
us in pleasant places. Amen. 

Our Father, 

For the beauty of this day, 

For the life-giving power of this food, 



MORNING GRACES 



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We offer Thee our thanks and say, 
"We are filled with gratitude." Amen. 

Our Father, so replenish our hearts with gratitude for 

this blessing of food, that as we eat it we may feel the 

necessity of sharing our strength through service to oui 
fellow beings. Through Christ our Saviour. Amen. 

Dear Lord, we are thankful for the fellowship we find 
around this table. May we enjoy the meal in the spirit of 
new understanding; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. 

Our Father, we thank Thee for these elements that 
sustain our physical lives. Renew our spiritual insight, 
that we may do Thy will as we are able to discover it. 
May we experience the power of spiritual blessing. Amen. 

To Thee, O Lord, we lift up our hearts in the spirit of 
thanksgiving. We praise Thee as we remember Thy benefits 
to us and to all Thy people everywhere. Amen. 

May the food we receive and the nourishment it provides 
give us strength to serve throughout this day. We are 
mindful of Thy presence here. Amen. 

Our heavenly Father, Thine we are. From Thee this food 
comes to us. May we receive it in Thy name with gratitude. 
In Jesus' name. Amen. 

Hear us, O Lord, as we offer our thanks for this expres- 
sion of Thy love and life-giving substance. Make us ade- 
quate for the demands of this new day; settle our affections 



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upon those attributes of brotherly kindness; through Jesus 
Christ our Lord. Amen. 

Our Father, 

Thou hast blessed us with a new day; 
Thou hast preserved our lives; 
Thou hast fed us abundantly. 

We are thankful for everything. Amen. 



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ThSl £■? , ' and u WeSS US With Stren S th t0 s — 
we it h Th Y l 8 '-r S u ** When the eveni 4 comes and 

Wesstf I tt Z Th ° U haSt given > We 4 have Thy 
blessmg. In the Master's name. Amen. 



Our Father, Thou art gracious to us. Thou dost provide 
for our physical sustenance through this meal. Thou hast 
given us time, the gift of opportunity. With gratitude in 
our hearts we are mindful of Thy presence. Amen. 

Heavenly Father, we rejoice in Thy goodness to us. 
Thy providential care reminds us to give thanks as we 
receive this food. In Thy name we accept it. Amen. 

Our Father, this food is from Thee; Thou hast blessed 
us through its uses. We thank Thee for Thy continued 
care. In Jesus' name. Amen. 

With gratitude and expectancy, we bow and offer our 
thanks to Thee, O Lord. Thou hast given these tokens of 
life for the benefit of Thy children. We receive them from 
Thy hand. In the Master's name. Amen. 



Again we bow and thank Thee, Lord, 
For blessings, each and all. 

We thank Thee for Thy living word 
As on Thy name we call. Amen. 



NOON GRACES 



Lord, Thou hast fed us with the bread of life; Thou 
hast quenched our spiritual dryness. We thank Thee for this 
gift of food. Bless it to our use and fit us for Thy service. 
Amen. 

We give thanks to Thee, Our Father, and ask Thy 
blessing upon this food we now receive in Thy name. Amen. 

Thou, O Lord, hast given us this day. Thou hast blessed 
us with health and strength and bread to sustain our 
physical lives. We are thankful for all. Amen. 

Our Father, may Thy blessing rest upon us as we receive 
this meal. With humility and gratitude we accept it; in 
Jesus' name. Amen. 

Heavenly Father, Thy loving-kindness has inspired our 
lives; the abundance of food before us evidences Thy care 
for our needs. We are grateful; through Jesus Christ our 
Lord. Amen. 

Eternal Father, let Thy favor rest upon us as we partake 
of food and drink. Strengthen our bodies and enlighten 
our minds; make us Thine through the service we render. 
In Thy name. Amen. 

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It is good to give thanks unto Thee, Our Father. May 
our gratitude go forth to become a part of the flowing 
love that grows in fellowship with Thee. Amen. 

Lord, Thou hast made us glad to receive these tokens of 
Thy blessing and power. Thou hast fed us bountifully. We 
thank Thee; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. 

Thou Giver of life, Creator of all goodness, bless this 
food for our nourishment; equip us for the usefulness 
we need in the tasks of this day. May we obey Thy will 
as we find it revealed in Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. 

Make us fruitful in service, patient in toil, and obedient 
to Thy will. As we receive this meal, make us truly thank- 
ful. In the Master's name. Amen. 

O come, let us give thanks to the Father of light who 
hast provided this blessing of food for our enjoyment. Let 
us be grateful to Him now and for ever. Amen. 

Lord, Thou hast given us food, clothed our bodies, and 
sheltered us from discomfort. Thou hast blessed us with 
this meal. We thank Thee; in Jesus' name. Amen. 

With kindred hearts we bow before Thee, our Father. 
We are conscious of Thy presence at this table. We are 
humbly grateful for these blessings; through Jesus Christ 
our Lord. Amen. 

We marvel as we think of all Thou hast given for the 
uses of Thy children. Bless this portion of Thy bounty 
and prepare us to receive it in Thy name. Amen. 



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Eternal God, our Father, with wisdom Thou hast pro- 
vided these symbols of life. May we partake of them in 
the attitude of the Master, whose life is one of thanksgiving. 
Amen. 

Our Father, as Thou hast fed us and preserved our lives, 
we would ask for spiritual sustenance also. Prepare us to 
receive Thy blessing; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. 

Our hope is in Thee, O Lord. Our lives depend upon 
Thy provision for every need. We are grateful for Thy 
blessing. Amen. 

Heavenly Father, prepare us to receive the blessing of 
food. May we be guided by Thy spiritual power. With 
grateful hearts we wait before Thee. Amen. 

Let us find here that sustaining grace we need for every 
time of stress. Teach us how to be thankful for this and 
all other benefits; through Christ our Lord. Amen. 

Our Father, Thou hast made us glad and given us food. 
Around this table we unite our minds and hearts in the 
spirit of thanksgiving. Amen. 

So full of power and living hope art Thou, O Lord ! We 
thank Thee for this feast Thou hast prepared for the 
nourishment of our bodies. May we use it for Thy glory. 
Amen. 

Our Father, restore to us the glow of fellowship and 
mutuality as we receive these blessings of food and drink; 
in Jesus' name. Amen. 



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Be Thou our Guide as we receive these tokens of Thy 
love. Bless us everyone ; in Thy name. Amen. 

Heavenly Father, may we find in this food the nourish- 
ment and life-giving sustenance we need. With gratitude 
we accept all Thou hast given; in the Master's name. Amen. 

Our Father, create in our lives a desire for service; equip 
us for the work of this day. Bless this meal which Thou 
hast set apart for our benefit; in Thy name. Amen. 

Let us find here, O Lord, the inspiration to be of service 
to Thee and to our fellow beings. Bless this food and 
strengthen our association; through Jesus Christ our Lord. 
Amen. 

Gracious Father, may the thoughts of our minds and 
the inspiration of our hearts be cleansed through fellowship 
with Thee. We ask Thy blessing; in the Master's name. 
Amen. 

With grateful hearts and open minds we ask Thy 
blessing upon us as we eat this meal. We are thankful 
for it. In the name of Christ our Lord. Amen. 



Lord, grant us strength to meet the demands of this 
day. Bless this food Thou hast given for the nourishment 
of our bodies. May we receive it with thankful hearts. 
Amen. 

Our Father, may we share the fellowship of one another 
as we assemble here. Bless this food to the strengthening 
of our physical bodies; in Thy name. Amen. 



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Lord, Thou hast created life and sustained it by The 
never-failing grace. Bless us with Thy presence. Make us 
truly thankful for all Thy benefits. Amen. 

Dear Lord and Father, we ask Thy blessing upon us as 
we prepare our hearts for receiving this bountiful pro- 
vision for our physical strength. We are grateful for Thy 
remembrance of Thy children. Amen. 

Thou hast provided this feast that we enjoy. Help us to 
receive it by faith and in the spirit of thanksgiving. Amen. 

In Thee, O Lord, we have found the source of every 
blessing. Thou hast satisfied us with this abundant pro- 
vision for our physical needs. Accept our gratitude. Amen. 

Our Father, Thou hast turned to our needs the nourish- 
ing qualities of food and drink. Thou hast freely given of 
Thy bounty. We are grateful for these and all other 
blessings. Amen. 

Be with us here, O Lord, and help us to be thankful 
for this meal Thou hast provided for the nourishment of 
our bodies. In the name of Christ. Amen. 

Heavenly Father, hear our supplication. We wait in Thy 
presence to be fed by the elements of Thy love. With 
humble thanks, may we leave this place to serve; in Thy 
name. Amen. 

Teach us, O Lord, to be attentive to Thy voice as we 
receive this blessing of food. With thanksgiving and praise 
we accept it; in Thy name. Amen. 



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Blessed be Thy name, O Lord! We are grateful for this 
material expression of Thy care for us. Thou hast brought 
gladness to our hearts and restored our strength to serve; 
in Thy name. Amen. 

Our Father, as we receive these symbols of Thy blessing 
to all creatures, may we lift our hearts to Thee with thanks- 
giving and praise. Strengthen us for this day's opportuni- 
ties; in Jesus' name. Amen. 

So fill our hearts with Thy love, our Father, that we 
may share the strength Thou dost give. Help us to help 
others. We praise Thee for Thy goodness to us; through 
Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. 

Bless us, O Lord, with the presence of Thy Spirit. Enable 
us to accept the duties of this day. Strengthen our hands 
that we may be useful to our fellow man. We thank Thee 
for this food. Amen. 

Heavenly Father, who hast given us life and provided 
food to nourish our bodies, we are grateful for Thy blessing. 
Be Thou our guide ; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. 

These things we remember, O Lord, as we bow before 
Thee: the blessing of life, the gift of food, the pleasing 
nature of fellowship, the continual care Thou dost give 
us. With gratitude we praise Thee; through Jesus Christ 
our Lord. Amen. 



O God, abide with us and bless us. Grant us under- 
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our work. We are thankful for this food that gives 
strength. Amen. 

Heavenly Father, have mercy upon us and bless us by 
Thy presence. Thou hast satisfied our hunger through 
the blessing of food and nourishment. We turn to Thee 
with gratitude. Amen. 

To Thee, our Father, we offer our thanks for this expres- 
sion of Thy love. It is wonderful to be here and share the 
fellowship of those we love. Be with us and use us for 
Thy glory. Amen. 

Teach us Thy way, O Lord, and prepare us to receive Thy 
blessing as we share this meal ; in Thy name we pray. Amen. 

Thou art our strength. Thou hast given of Thy bountiful 
goodness. We are thankful for Thy presence. Amet7. 

Be exalted, O Lord, as we praise Thee for this provision 
for our daily needs. With thankful hearts we praise Thee; 
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. 

Our Father, who art present with us, may we dwell in the 
unity of Thy Spirit. We would worship Thee at this time 
and give thanks for this food. In Thy name. Amen. 

Preserve us, O Lord, and grant that we may accept these 
blessings in the attitude of thanksgiving. Amen. 

Our Father, be Thou in our midst and bless this meal. 
Cause us to find nourishment for our physical lives, that 



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we may be strengthened to do Thy bidding ; in the Master's 
name. Amen. 

Thou who art compassionate and forgiving, bless us with 
strength and health as we accept this nourishment. May 
the beauty of Thy Spirit bring gladness to our hearts. With 
gratitude we worship Thee; in Jesus" name. Amen. 

Our Father, we know that by ourselves we are helpless. 
Thou hast strengthened us by the provision of food and 
fellowship. With thankful hearts we accept it; in Thy 
name. Amen. 



In this dear place, O Lord, we find our rest and satisfy 
our needs through Thy blessing of food and drink. Thou 
hast loved us beyond our deserving. We are grateful. Amen. 

Blessed art Thou, O Lord, and greatly to be praised 
for Thy tender mercies. Make us glad according to Thy 
loving-kindness to us. In Thy name we pray. Amen. 

We find Thy blessing here, O Lord; this food sustains 
our strength for the work of this new day. Accept our thanks 
and abide with us ; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. 

Our Father, direct our thoughts as we find sustenance 
in this food. May Thy love abide in our hearts and guide 
us through this day. Amen. 

Heavenly Father, purify our desires and help us to find 
grace in Thy sight. We thank Thee for this food. Amen. 



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Inspire us, O Lord, by the presence of Thy Spirit. As 
we enjoy this food, may we give thanks for all Thy bless- 
ings; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. 

Our Father, we praise Thee for the light of the morning 
and the fellowship of family. Thou hast blessed us with 
good food and placed us here to serve and to enjoy our 
relationships with one another. With humble hearts we 
thank Thee; in Jesus' name. Amen. 

Thou hast blessed us by Thy presence, O Lord. We offer 
Thee our thanks and pray Thy blessing on this meal. Abide 
with us always; in Thy name. Amen. 

Our Father in heaven, we ask Thy blessing on those who 
gather 'round this table. May we enjoy this fellowship in 
the attitude of friendliness. Amen. 

For Thy tender mercy and wise provision for our physical 
needs, we offer our thanks to Thee, O Lord. Be with us as 
we share; in Thy dear name. Amen. 

Our heavenly Father, Thine we are and Thee we desire 
to serve. Make us glad according to all Thou hast given 
us. Bless this food and grant us strength to serve. In 
Thy name. Amen. 

Thou who satisfiest our hunger with the good things of 
life, accept our thanks for this food. Strengthen us for 
all we should accomplish; in Thy name. Amen. 

Thou hast blessed us by Thy mercy, Lord. Endow us 
with strength to perform the duties of this day. Make us 



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fruitful in service; inspire us by Thy Spirit. In Jesus' 
name. Amen. 

Our Father, who hast equipped us for meeting another 
dawn, bless us with new strength as we receive this food. 
We are grateful for all Thy blessings. In the Master's name. 
Amen. 

Gracious Lord and Father, by Thy metcy we have re- 
ceived this food. With thankful hearts we bow in Thy 
presence and ask Thy blessing. In the Master's name. 
Amen. 

As we hunger for food, O Lord, may we desire fellow- 
ship with Thee. Thou art mindful of our needs ; Thou alone 
hast satisfied our longings. We thank Thee for Thy great 
generosity. Amen. 

Our Father, lift up our hearts and cause us to seek Thy 
fellowship. Bless us with the desire to be of service to 
others. We are grateful for Thy presence here. Amen. 

Our Father, we seek Thy presence as we break bread 
and share this fellowship. Let us be thankful for Thy 
provision for us. Amen. 



Our Father, with gratitude and a feeling of dependence 
upon Thee, we ask Thy blessing on this meal. Endow us 
with the spirit of understanding and helpfulness; in the 
name of Christ. Amen. 



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Prepare us now, O Lord, and make us thankful for Thy 
goodness to us. Bless this food to the edification of our 
bodies; in Jesus' name. Amen. 

Our Father, these symbols of Thy love remind us to con- 
sider the greatness of Thy bountiful care for us. Grant 
us grace to follow Thy leading; through Christ our Lord. 
Amen. 

Heavenly Father, may Thy grace fill our hearts with 
the spirit of thanksgiving for what we here receive; in 
Thy name. Amen. 

Our Father, restore to us the glow of thanksgiving for 
all the benefits we have received. Continue to all people 
everywhere Thy never-failing compassion. In the name of 
Christ our Saviour. Amen. 

For all the blessings we have received, our Father, we 
offer Thee our thanks. We bow in Thy presence with 
gratitude; in the Master's name. Amen. 

Our Father, increase our faith as we bow in Thy presence. 
Let us receive not only the material substance but also the 
spiritual guidance we need. With gratitude we come before 
Thee; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. 



We believe in Thee, O Lord, and ask Thy blessing. 
Our hearts are open to Thee. With thanksgiving we pause 
to acknowledge our dependence upon Thy generosity. 
Amen. 



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Heavenly Father, who art our light and our salvation, 
may we be gracious and thankful for these provisions of 
food and drink. With humble hearts we ask Thy blessing; 
in Thy name. Amen. 

Blessed be Thy name, O Lord. Thou art the strength of 
our lives. Be with us as we express to Thee our grateful 
thanks for every blessing. In the name of Christ. Amen. 

Stir us, O Lord, and make us conscious of Thy generosity. 
Sanctify this food to our uses and fit us for Thy service; 
in Jesus' name. Amen. 

O Lord, who art the way and the highest of all. Accept 
our thanks. We are Thy children who look to Thee for 
everything. Thou hast supplied our need, and we are 
satisfied; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. 

Thy blessing we have found, O Lord; 
Thy mercy we have shared. 
Now may we offer Thee our word 
Of gratitude for food prepared. Amen. 

Heavenly Father, we offer unto Thee our thanks for the 
benefits of Thy love to us; in the name of Christ our 
Lord. Amen. 



Our Father, pour upon us Thy grace ; fit us for the work 
of another day. Strengthen us through the uses of this 
food. With grateful hearts we accept it; in Thy name. 
Amen. 



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Heavenly Father, may we receive this food in the spirit 
of gratitude. We dedicate ourselves to Thee in greater 
devotion; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. 

Our Father, we are needy creatures; we depend upon 
Thy sustaining power. Thou hast provided for our needs; 
we are grateful. Amen. 

Lord of life, we offer unto Thee our gratitude for another 
day with all its benefits. Thou hast blessed us with infinite 
resources for our physical and spiritual refreshment. Abide 
with us. Amen. 

Let us find here, O Lord, new strength for our tasks. In 
the hours of this day, make us useful to our fellow man 
and to Thee. Amen. 

Heavenly Father, whose guidance we seek, bless this 
food and strengthen our hands for all we are to do for 
Thee. Grant that we may share the fellowship of Thy 
Spirit and be thankful; through Jesus Christ our Lord. 
Amen. 

Gracious Father, bless our fellowship and grant us grace 
to see the way that is before us. With living faith we 
offer unto Thee our thanks. Amen. 



Our Father, unite our hearts in the bond of Christian 
fellowship and service. Be with us as we share Thy blessing. 
Create within our lives resources we so greatly need. We 
offer our thanks in Jesus' name. Amen. 



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Dear Lord, enlarge our desire to be useful and efficient 
in Thy service. Bless those who have provided this food 
for our benefit, and make us thankful for all Thou hast 
given. Amen. 

Eternal God, we thank Thee for home and family, for 
food and fellowship, for truth and love. Make us glad as 
we receive this meal ; with gratitude we pray. Amen. 

Thou who art the Source of our strength, we rejoice that 
Thou art mindful of our needs. Bless us as we offer our 
thanks. Amen. 



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Heavenly Father, Thou hast provided the necessities of 
life. We thank Thee for the benefits of another day. As 
we receive this evening meal, may we accept its strength- 
ening power with gratitude to Thee. Amen. 



At the close of day, our Father, we come to give Thee 
thanks for all Thy benefits. Be Thou the inspiration of 
our lives; increase our appreciation for one another; in 
the name of Christ. Amen. 

Our Father, 

In the fullness of this day, 

As the evening shadow lengthens, 
May we seek and find Thy way, 

As this food our bodies strengthens. Amen 

Dear Lord, so full of activity has this day been! We have 
received so much of value from our association with one 
another. And now we come to share this meal; may we 
receive it in the spirit of thanksgiving. Amen. 

Our Father, 

Thy blessing here we find, 

Beyond all ken or measure. 
Remind us to be kind, 

As we Thy love here treasure. Amen. 

Heavenly Father, make us mindful of our fellow man 
and his needs. As through the night we rest, be with us 
and prepare us for the morrow. We thank Thee for this 
food Thou hast so freely given. Amen. 

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How great is Thy goodness to us, O Lord! Thou hast 
brought the fullness of life through our frail efforts. Thou 
hast overlooked and forgiven so much that we have done 
amiss. Thy patience amazes us. At the close of day we ask 
that Thou wilt accept our humble thanks for this meal. In 
Jesus' name. Amen. 

Thou, O Lord, dost give us life for evermore. With 
gratitude we ask Thy blessing as we receive this food; in 
Thy holy name we pray. Amen. 

Our Father, 

In the fullness of this day, 

We would thank Thee for this food ; 
May the strength it gives repay 
Every effort that is good. Amen. 

Fill our hearts with gratitude for the blessing of this 
day, O Lord. Inspire our minds, and strengthen our bodies, 
that we may serve the interests of Thy Kingdom. Amen. 

Our heavenly Father, with gratitude we recall Thy 
blessings to us throughout the day that is passed. Thou hast 
given more than we can measure. We lift our prayer to 
Thee in the spirit of thanksgiving. In the Master's name. 
Amen. 



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How precious is this twilight hour wherein we receive 
this meal! Enable us to express to Thee our delight and 
offer our thanks to Thee for every blessing Thou hast 
bestowed. Thank you, Lord. Amen. 

Our Father, we are thankful for these sustaining ele- 
ments. Beyond our ability to express, are the thoughts that 
come to us reminding us of Thy goodness. Bless us as 
we partake of this food. Amen. 

Our Father, 

For the opportunities Thou hast given; 
For whatever success Thou hast enabled us 

to achieve under Thy guidance; 
For this food Thou hast provided, 
we offer our thanks. Amen. 

Thou, O Lord, hast continued to provide for our physical 
needs. Thy mercies to us are immeasurable. We are grate- 
ful. Amen. 

Lord, we are thankful for this fellowship of sharing. 
Bless this food to our effectiveness, and use us for Thy 
service. Renew our strength that we may give our best in 
our responsibilities. Amen. 



Our Father, 

We thank Thee for this day of grace; 

Make glad our hearts with good. 
Be with us in this holy place, 

That we may share this food. Amen. 



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With constancy of life and heartiness of soul, we ap- 
proach this food and ask Thy blessing. Teach us, O Lord, 
the spirit of thanksgiving; through Jesus Christ our Lord. 
Amen. 

Thou didst provide this food, Our Father, for life, 
growth and service. May we accept it with humility and 
thanksgiving. Help us to find the meaning of Thy grace; 
in the Master's name. Amen. 

Dear Lord, may Thy blessing rest upon us as we receive 
this meal. Increase our gratitude for all Thy benefits to 
us and to all people. May we be wise in the choices we 
make, and constant in our faith in the best. Grant us rest 
as we retire. Amen. 

Lord, bless us as we seek to share 

The blessings of this hour; 
Fill us with gratitude to Thee 

For Thy great love and power. Amen. 

Eternal are Thy mercies to us, O Lord. At the close of 
day, we would express our gratitude for the blessing we 
receive through this food. Amen. 



Our Father, 

Thou hast given to us this food; 
Thou hast blessed us with Thy presence. 
We are grateful for Thy love expressed. 
Help us to be useful in Thy service. 
Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. 



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Heavenly Father, may Thy will be done in our lives as 
we call upon Thee here. With gratitude we accept this food ; 
in the name of Jesus. Amen. 

Be Thou our strength, O Lord, as we offer unto Thee 
our thanks for these and other blessings. Amen. 

Our Father, we realize anew the importance of Thy 
abundant care for our lives. May we appropriate this 
blessing of food to the nourishment of our bodies, that we 
may serve Thee with our whole heart. Amen. 

Eternal God, who hast created all things, we are thank- 
ful for these material expressions of Thy love toward us. 
Sustain us by Thy grace, and grant us peace; in Thy name. 
Amen. 

For fellowship sincere, 

For blessings that we share, 

For friendships good and kind, 

We give Thee thanks, O Lord. Amen. 

Good Lord, be near us as we wait in Thy presence. 
Revive our spirits as we receive this food. Help us to find 
Thy will for our lives; through Jesus Christ our Lord. 
Amen. 



With humble hearts we bow in Thy presence, O Lord. 
We are dependent upon Thee for these life-giving ele- 
ments. Accept our thanks for life; in the name of Christ. 
Amen. 



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Heavenly Father, 

Our lives by Thine are blessed; 
Our thoughts by Thine refined. 
We are dependent on Thee now 
For food for soul and mind. 
Accept our thanks, O Lord. Amen. 

Gracious Father, who hast provided for our needs, we 
are grateful for this food. May we eat it with the knowl- 
edge of Thy wise provision for every need. Amen. 

Our Father, prepare our minds and warm our hearts as 
we give thanks for this meal. Thou hast created abundantly 
the sustaining elements we are to receive in Thy name. 
Amen. 

Thou, who hast blessed us with these tokens of Thy love, 
fill our hearts with thanksgiving and praise to Thee for 
everything we now receive; in Thy name. Amen. 

Gracious Father, we rejoice that Thou hast given us food 
and drink. As we share Thy presence here, help us to 
enjoy this meal. We thank Thee for it; in the Master's 
name. Amen. 

Bless us, O Lord, with Thy continued care, that as we 
receive this food we may find fellowship with one another 
and with Thee. With grateful hearts we accept it; in the 
spirit of the Master. Amen. 

Heavenly Father, grant us rest through the night, until 
the morning breaks and the sun appears, our rest is com- 



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plete, and we face another day. As we eat this food, our 
gratitude wells up and overflows. Accept our thanks; in 
the Master's name. Amen. 

Our Father, we have found so many things for which to 
thank Thee. At this time we offer our gratitude for this 
meal. Amen. 

Our Father, 
Lead us in Thy truth; 
Protect us by Thy kindness; 
Shield us from ingratitude. 
Make us thankful for every benefit we have received from 

Thy hand. 
Bless this meal and those who partake of it; through Jesus 

Christ our Lord. Amen. 

Teach us Thy way, O Lord, and help us to find the 
strength for our lives. Increase our faith, and multiply our 
love. Bless this gift of food we now receive in Thy name. 
Amen. 

Draw us unto Thee, O Lord, that we may be blessed by 
Thy gift of physical sustenance through this food. Let us 
find the fellowship that creates an appetite. May we enjoy 
it as a blessing from Thee. Amen. 

Dear Lord, as Thou hast given us life and food to sustain 
it, so may we return unto Thee our thanks; in the name 
of Christ our blessed Lord. Amen. 



Our Father, in Thee we put our trust. We ask that Thou 
wilt abide with us. Bless these material elements that 



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sustain our lives. Prepare us to receive them; in Thy name. 
Amen. 

Our Father, so many times we have failed to acknowl- 
edge our dependence upon Thy goodness. Yet Thou hast 
continued Thy mercies toward us. We are grateful for 
these and all blessings. In the Master's name. Amen. 

Heavenly Father, in wisdom Thou hast revealed so many 
things to us, Thy children. Thou hast shown us how to pro- 
vide for others; Thou hast fed our bodies and nourished 
our souls. We offer Thee our thanks. Amen. 

Eternal Father, these tokens of Thy love that are before 
us, these friends and relatives who gather here to be blessed, 
remind us to bow and offer Thee our gratitude. Bless this 
food and use us as Thou wilt. Amen. 

O God, by all we have received from Thee, we know 
Thou hast given more than we can ever deserve. For every 
expression of Thy love and tender care, we offer Thee 
our thanks. Amen. 

Gracious Father, make us thoughtful and sincerely 
grateful to Thee for Thy continual blessings. They are 
many more than we deserve. Bless all who call upon Thy 
name. Amen. 



In the strength of this fellowship we would abide in 
Thy presence, O Lord. By the inspiration of Thy Spirit, 
may we receive Thy blessing. Amen. 



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Our heavenly Father, with the coming of each day, we 
find Thy goodness multiplied in so many ways. Thou hast 
made us participants in the joy of fellowship and the 
sustaining food for our daily lives. We are grateful. Amen. 

Our Father, who art nearer to us than our breathing, we 
ask Thy blessing upon us as we join in the fellowship of 
this home. Around this table we receive Thy bountiful 
provision for our physical needs. We are grateful. Amen. 

Our Father, 

By all we have seen, 
Through all we have enjoyed, 
We thank Thee, Lord, for food, 
And pray Thy blessing upon 

Thy people everywhere. Amen. 

Immortal Father, we give Thee thanks for this nourish- 
ing food. Thou hast provided more than we deserve. Bless 
us; in Thy name. Amen. 

Eternal love we have received from Thee, O Lord; eter- 
nal hope we experience in Thy presence ; the food we need 
comes from Thee. Accept our thanks; in the Spirit of 
Christ. Amen. 

Our Father, we are amazed at Thy generosity to us. So 
much hast Thou given that we are unable to acknowledge. 
Yet we try to express our thanks for Thy goodness; in the 
Master's name. Amen. 

We thank Thee, Lord, for Thy fatherly goodness to us. 
In these material provisions we find Thy love expressed so 



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wonderfully. May we accept them in the spirit of thanks- 
giving. Amen. 

For this food so kindly given, we offer Thee our thanks. 
Preserve us and direct our lives according to Thy will; 
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. 

Our Father, as Thou hast blessed us with the elements 
of living bread, so may we give freely to Thy service. In 
the Master's name. Amen. 

For food that gives us strength and health, 
For friendliness that inspires our hearts, 
For family fellowship that brings peace, 
We thank Thee, Lord. Amen. 

Heavenly Father, may we be conscious of Thy generosity 
as it is symbolized in this food. We acknowledge our 
dependence upon Thee; Thy concern for us is ever before 
us. With grateful hearts we offer thanks; in the Master's 
name. Amen. 

In humble trust, we bow in Thy presence, O Lord. With 
all Thou hast given, may we find cause for rejoicing. In 
the name of Christ we pray. Amen. 

Heavenly Father, as Thou hast created this food for our 
physical preservation, may we be sustained by Thy presence. 
Amen. 

Our Father, with singleness of purpose we bow and 
offer thanks for this expression of Thy love. May we use 
it to Thy glory; in Jesus' name. Amen. 



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For the glory of the morning, 

And the rising of the sun, 

For the blessing of this food, 

For the day that has begun, 

We give Thee thanks, O Lord. Amen. 

Our Father, teach us to be thankful for these and other 
blessings that come from Thy generosity. Be with us and 
prepare our hearts for fellowship. In Thy name. Amen. 

Thou, O Lord, art the Guardian of our lives, the 
Provider of every necessity, the Renewer of every hope. 
We thank Thee for these evidences of Thy love. Amen. 

Our Father, as Thou dost equip us for meeting the 
physical needs of this day, be with us as we partake of food 
and drink. In Thy name. Amen. 

Renew our thoughts, O Lord, and bless us with insight 
for this day. Thou hast given us food and drink; Thou 
hast enlarged our vision. We are grateful for everything. 
Amen. 

Our Father, Thou hast given more than we could ask 
or think, in providing for our needs. We thank Thee for 
Thy guidance and blessing as we receive the food that is 
before us. In the Master's name. Amen. 

Heavenly Father, cleanse the thoughts of our minds by 
the presence of Thy Holy Spirit. Make us adequate for 
the responsibilities we face. With gratitude we offer our- 
selves in Thy service. Amen. 



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In Thy presence we wait, O Lord. We would receive 
Thy blessing as we eat this food. In fellowship and unity 
we would be Thine ; in the Master's name. Amen. 

Our Father, strengthen our minds and inspire our hearts 
for the responsibilities that are before us. Help us to be 
useful and effective as we try to obey Thy will as we under- 
stand it. Amen. 

May the light of Thy love abide with us as we find 
sustenance through this food, O Lord. We thank Thee for 
Thy kindness toward us. Make glad our hearts; through 
Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. 

Our Father, in this fellowship of Thy generosity, make 
us Thine in deed and in truth. With humble hearts and 
sincere minds we offer unto Thee our thanks for the 
blessing of food; in Jesus' name. Amen. 

Look upon us, O Lord, with understanding love. 
Strengthen us for the work we are to do; help us to 
increase in knowledge, that we may do Thy will; through 
Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. 

Eternal Father, Thy grace has sustained our lives to see 
this good hour. Thy tender care reminds us to be grateful 
for every blessing. Renew our thoughts and direct our 
minds; in the spirit of Christ. Amen. 

With hope renewed and minds alert to the meaning of 
Thy power, we thank Thee for this feast that we enjoy. 
Help us to find our strength in Thy presence; in the name 
of Christ. Amen. 



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Refine our thoughts, O Lord ; purge our lives of all that 
would separate us from one another. Bless this food; may 
we receive it thankfully. Amen. 

Preserve us, O Lord, and fit us for the reception of this 
food. By all we find in Thee, inspire us to seek the noblest 
in others; in the Master's name. Amen. 

We worship Thee, O Lord, and ask Thy blessing upon 
those who partake of this food. Increase our capacity for 
fellowship and endow us with friendliness. Accept our 
thanks for all Thou dost provide. Amen. 

Our Father, we consecrate our lives to Thee, and ask 
Thy blessing upon us as we enjoy these symbols of Thy 
love and care. Be with us and watch over us. Prepare us 
to be of service to those whom we should love. Amen. 



Heavenly Father, prepare us for receiving this food. 
Help each member of this family to contribute to the 
harmony of this home. We are thankful for the food 
Thou hast given. Amen. 

We thank Thee for the bread of life and ask that we 
may receive it with gratitude. Bless us and be with us as 
we try to find Thy way for our lives. In the attitude of 
Christ, we pray. Amen. 

We love this fellowship of friends, O Lord. By the 
living faith of Christ our Lord, we offer unto Thee our 
thanks for every blessing. Amen. 



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Our Father, fit us to receive these blessings and feed 
us by the inspiration of Thy Spirit. With gratitude we 
look to Thee; in the name of Christ. Amen. 

Our Father, who hast given abundantly and freely, we 
are grateful for this food. Abide in our hearts as we 
commune with Thee and enjoy one another's fellowship. 
Amen. 

Heavenly Father, may the constancy of Thy love abide 
with us as we enjoy the fellowship of this company. Bless 
this food and help us to receive it with gratitude; in Jesus' 
name. Amen. 

Our Father, let us find in this family circle the fellow- 
ship of love and service. May we be truly thankful for 
these blessings Thou hast given; through Jesus Christ 
our blessed Lord. Amen. 

With gratitude we open our hearts to Thee, O Lord. 
Strengthen us for the duties of this day that we may ac- 
complish Thy purpose for our lives. Make us effective; in 
the name of Christ. Amen. 

Heavenly Father, clothe us with the obligation to be 
useful in all we do for Thee. We thank Thee for another 
opportunity of service. Bless this food. For Christ's sake. 
Amen. 



For the living bread of life, we offer Thee our thanks, 
O Lord. Thou hast given abundantly. Thou hast blessed us 
beyond measure. Amen. 



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Our Father, we confess our unworthiness to Thee and 
ask Thy blessing upon Thy people everywhere. May the 
hungry be fed and the thirsty be given drink. Thou hast 
provided for our needs. We thank Thee for this repast; 
may we receive it in the name of Christ. Amen. 

As we enjoy this feast, O Lord, may we resolve to serve 
our fellow man, whose welfare is our responsibility. With 
humble thanks we seek to share; in Thy name. Amen. 

Our Father, may our devotion to Thee find expression 
through all we are able to do for others. Feed our bodies 
here, that we may become useful in Thy service; through 
Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. 

With humble gratitude, 
We thank Thee for this meal. 
May we receive this food 
Through fellowship revealed. Amen. 

Dear Lord, make us steadfast in our devotion to Thee. 
As we share this blessing of food, make us mindful of those 
who need our assistance. May we render assistance will- 
ingly; in Jesus' name. Amen. 

With love and thanksgiving in our hearts, we bow in 
the presence of friends to ask Thy blessing on this food, O 
Lord. Accept our thanks; in the name of Christ. Amen. 

Heavenly Father, renew our thoughts and fit us for Thy 
service. Create in our lives a sense of responsibility, that 
we may find the work of this day and do it with gladness. 
We thank Thee for this expression of Thy love. Amen. 



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Our Father, continue in our lives Thy presence, and 
bless us by Thy guidance. We need this fellowship as we 
share this food. We are humbly grateful for it. In Jesus' 
name. Amen. 

Be with us, our Father, as we bow and ask Thy blessing. 
Forgive our mistakes, and help us to become what Thou 
wouldst have us be. Bless this food ; may we use it for the 
nourishment of our bodies ; in the name of Christ. Amen. 

Our heavenly Father, for the meaning of this hour in 
all its life-giving power, we offer Thee our thanks. Con- 
tinue to bless Thy children and bestow Thy presence upon 
us. Amen. 

O Lord, establish Thou the work of Thy hands upon us. 
As we receive this food, may we be blessed by Thy 
presence. With gratitude we pray. Amen. 

Dear Lord, may we render unto Thee our thanks for the 
continuance of our lives and the provision of good food. 
With loving devotion we accept Thy blessing; in the name 
of Christ our Lord. Amen. 

Grateful are we, O Lord, for all we now receive: for 
life, for food, for clothing, for friends and fellowship, 
for home and family. For love of each one we give Thee 
thanks. Amen. 



Almighty Father, who hast blessed us with this meal, 
who hast granted us another day, grant us peace. Fill our 
hearts with a hunger for Thy presence, that as we call 



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upon Thee for aid, we may give thanks for Thy blessing. 
In Thy name we pray. Amen. 

Gracious Father, we humbly pray that Thou wilt bless 
our family. We are grateful for Thy presence here and 
this sustaining food. Grant us Thy peace; through Jesus 
Christ our Lord. Amen. 

Our Father, who hast given every blessing, we are 
thankful for this portion of life-giving substance that 
sustains our bodies. Prepare us in heart and mind as we 
accept it in Thy name. Amen. 

Our Father, may the wholesome spirit of Thy grace 
undergird our lives and fit us for the service of another 
day. We thank Thee for all Thy benefits; through Jesus 
Christ our Lord. Amen. 

Our Father, we would find anew the meaning of Thy 
goodness to us. Bless this food and purify our minds and 
hearts to receive it in Thy name. Amen. 

Almighty Father, who hast given us health and strength 
and daily food, we ask Thy blessing upon us as we receive 
this food. Grant us grace to accept it in the spirit of 
thanksgiving. Amen. 

Our Father, reinforce our lives through Thy sustaining 
grace. Equip us for meeting the demands of our work 
during this day. Help us to face the day with optimism 
and serenity; in the Master's attitude. Amen. 



Eternal God, our Father, prepare our hearts to receive 
the blessing of these material provisions. May the power 
of Thy love sustain us and make us glad. With vision and 
hope we face this day; in the Master's name. Amen. 

So full of strength and power is this food Thou hast 
given! With humility and gratitude we would receive it; 
in the spirit of Him who gave His life for us. Amen. 

We have received of Thee, O Lord, these symbols of 
Thy love. Enable us to find in them the sustaining elements 
of spiritual as well as physical sustenance. We are grate- 
ful for all Thy benefits to us. In Jesus' name. Amen. 

Our Father, make us aware of our dependence upon 
the abundance of Thy grace. We have the benefits of Thy 
bounty before us. We are thankful. Amen. 

Our Father, in this day that Thou hast made, help us to 
keep in touch with reality. Bless all the efforts we put 
forth to do Thy will as we understand it. Bless this 
repast as we receive it ; in Thy name. Amen. 

Our Father, 

Thou has blessed our lives today 

With this symbol of new life; 
We would thank Thee as we say, 

"Guide and keep us free from strife" Amen. 

Heavenly Father, we thank Thee for the presence of 
those near and dear to us. As Thou dost provide our food, 
may we accept it in the spirit of humility and thanksgiving. 
Amen. 



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Our Father, so fill our hearts with Thy love that we may 
share the meaning of Christian grace. In the Master's 
name. Amen. 



Our heavenly Father, may the constancy of Thy love 
abide in our hearts as we eat this food. Thou hast blessed 
us abundantly. We are thankful. Amen. 

By faith we gather 'round this table to receive Thy 
blessing. In Thee we trust and offer our thanks; through 
Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. 



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With gratitude and thanks renewed, 

We bless Thee, Lord, for this our food. Amen. 

In Thee we trust, O Lord, as we ask Thy blessing on us. 
Be with us as we eat. Remind us to be thankful. Amen. 



Thy blessings on us, Lord, we ask, 
As we prepare for every task. Amen. 

Our Father, create in our lives obedience to Thee and to 
our parents. We thank Thee for this food. Amen. 

Our Father, 

In the beauty of this morning, 

Through the fellowship we share, 
May the day receive adorning 

Through Thy blessing and Thy care. Amen. 

Our Father, Thou hast blessed us with food. We give 
thanks and would share it. In Jesus' name. Amen. 

Thou art our strength, O Lord; 

Thou art the Living Bread. 
Thou art the all-sufficient word; 

Thy grace is on us shed. 
We are thankful. Amen. 

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Dear Lord, 

Thy love is on us shed 
Through this our daily bread. 
We thank Thee, one and all, 
As on Thy name we call. Amen. 

With joyful hearts we turn to Thee, our Father. Bless 
us as we eat this food, and make us thankful. Amen. 

Our Father, 

Thou hast bread so kindly given; 
Thou hast shed on us Thy love. 
Thou hast blessed us and forgiven, 
Through Thy kindness from above. 
We thank Thee, Lord. Amen. 

Dear Father, fill our hearts with love for Thee May 
we love one another. Bless our food. In Jesus' name. Amen. 

Heavenly Father, 

Now thank we for this hour 

Of sharing in this place. 
We bow and seek the power 

Of Thy redeeming grace. Amen. 

Bless us, Father, and help us to share our food We 
thank Thee for everything. Amen. 

Our Father, 

Free us from greed, that we may share; 
Open our hearts, that we may care for ' 
others. 



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Let us find gratitude for all Thou hast 

given. Amen. 

Our Father, make pure our thoughts and help us to be 
thankful for this food. In the Master's name. Amen. 

Lord, be with us and bless us. Cause Thy face to shine 
upon us. May we thank Thee for this meal. Amen. 

Continue to us these blessings of food and drink. Bless 
us as we give thanks. Amen. 

All glory be to Thee, O Lord, 

For every blessing dear. 
We bow our heads around this board 

And know that Thou art near. Amen. 

May Thy tender care abide with us here. We are grate- 
ful for this food. In Jesus' name. Amen. 

Our Father, with all our hearts we give thanks for all 
Thou hast given. Make us glad to receive it; in the Master's 
name. Amen. 

Heavenly Father, 

So filled with gratitude are we 

That now our heads we bow. 
We ask Thy blessing, and we see 

It here before us now. Amen. 



Thy love to us is great. We thank Thee for Thy guid- 
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Dear Lord and Father of us all, bless us with health 
and strength. Thank you for this food. Amen. 

In silence and in love we bow to thank Thee, Lord. 
Bless us as we eat. In Jesus' name. Amen. 

Our Father, with thankful hearts we lift our prayer to 
Thee. This food reminds us of Thy goodness to us. Amen. 

Our Father, let us find here 'round this table a happy 
experience. Bless every member of this family. We thank 
Thee for this good food. Amen. 

Our Father, we are grateful for the family circle. Make 
us strong to do Thy will. In Jesus' name. Amen. 

Heavenly Father, let the beauty of Thy love abide with 
us as we receive this food. Amen. 

Lord, bless this morning to our good; 
Provide our sustenance through food. Amen. 

Our Father, with humility we thank Thee for this meal. 
We would thank Thee for it in Jesus' name. Amen. 

Lord, grant that we may serve and give 
As in Thy presence now we live. Amen. 

Our Father, for the blessings of this day we give thanks. 
Make us strong to obey Thee. Amen. 

Through kindness and through love, 
We pray to God above. 



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We ask His blessing on this food 

That feeds our souls with living good. Amen. 

Lord, for the blessings of this day we give Thee thanks. 
In Jesus' name. Amen. 

Our Father, we remember Thy goodness and mercy. Be 
with us and bless us. We thank Thee. In Jesus' name. 
Amen. 

Our Father, may we never forget to give thanks for Thy 
blessing to us. Bless us everyone. Amen. 

Dear Lord, in this home we offer thanks for Thy love 
toward us. In the Master's name. Amen. 

O Lord, Thy table here is spread, 

Which we are pleased to share ; 
We give Thee thanks for daily bread, 

And for Thy love and care. Amen. 

By all we have received and shared, Dear Lord, we know 
Thy love for us is strong. We thank Thee. Amen. 

Our hearts belong to Thee, O Lord; 

Our love is in Thy care. 
May we in tenderness afford 

With every one to share. Amen. 



Our Father, we would be true to Thee. Bless us as we 
share this meal; in Thy name. Amen. 



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Our Heavenly Father, may we share our gladness with 
those who live here. With thankful hearts we praise Thee 
and thank Thee for this food. Amen. 

Bless us, our Father. Prepare our hearts for receiving 
Thy blessing. In Jesus' name. Amen. 

Heavenly Father, may Thy generosity to us be a reminder 
that we are to be kind to others. Bless us as we eat th<s 
meal. In the Master's name. Amen. 

Sincerely, Lord, we give Thee thanks 

For this our daily bread; 
Now may we share with others too, 

Until all men are fed. Amen. 

To Thee, our Father, now we come 

To ask Thy blessing on our home. 

Help us Thy fellowship to share 

As here we offer Thee our prayer. Amen. 

Kind Father of us all, bless us with Thy presence here. 
Fit us for this day. We are grateful for this food. Amen. 

Thy blessing be upon us, Lord, as we prepare to receive 
this food. We thank Thee for new strength. In Jesus' 
name. Amen. 



Our Father, let us find in this food the strength we 
need throughout this day. Amen. 



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Our Father, by whose hand we are fed, we bless Thee 
for this living bread. In the Master's name. Amen. 

Hear our prayer, our Father, as we give thanks for 
this meal. May we have Thy blessing. Amen. 



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NEW YEAR'S DAY 

O God, who hast been our help in ages past, Thou art 
ever the same today. We would thank Thee for Thy great 
blessing of food which we receive on this New Year's 
occasion. Bless us with Thy continued presence; through 
Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. 

Another year has dawned upon us. We face this day 
with gratitude and thanksgiving in our hearts. Inspire us 
to be useful and effective throughout the coming days. We 
bless Thy name. Amen. 

EPIPHANY 

Our Father, as the Light of the Christ has shown in the 
hearts of men through the ages, may Thy presence abide 
with us in this holy season. We are thankful for this feast 
Thou hast set before us; in the spirit of Christ we pray. 
Amen. 

Heavenly Father, as Thou didst guide the Wise Men of 
old, direct us and bless us as we receive this blessing of 
food in Thy name. Amen. 

ASH WEDNESDAY 

Our Father, as we are reminded of our sins, we would 
repent and ask Thy forgiveness. Thy mercy is everlasting. 

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Thou hast blessed us with these tokens of food and drink. 
May we find in them Thy preserving strength; through 
Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. 

Thou, O Lord, art our strength. We need Thy forgive- 
ness. On this day of penitence, draw near and help us to 
be thankful for Thy sacrificial love. We are grateful for 
this meal. Help us to find the strength we need; through 
Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. 

PALM SUNDAY 

We rejoice in the kingship of our Saviour. We pray 
that we may be endowed with His humility. Grateful are 
we, our Father, for this blessing of sustaining love that we 
are to receive in Thy name. Amen. 

Our Heavenly Father, may we rejoice that Thou didst 
send the Prince of Peace into the world to redeem us 
from sin. Inspire us to accept Him as the Lord of our 
lives. With gratitude we lift our hearts to Thee. Amen. 



MAUNDY THURSDAY 

Our Father, as we recall the meaning of the Last Supper 
of our Lord with His disciples, our hearts are warmed by 
His humility. Bless us with that spirit as we partake of 
this meal. We are thankful for His example and His 
redemptive work; in His name we pray. Amen. 

Our Father, may we share the humility of Him who came 
as Thy revelation of truth and love. With gratitude we 
receive the elements of this meal; in the Master's name. 
Amen. 



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GOOD FRIDAY 

Our Father, we bow with heavy hearts when we think 
of the sacrificial love of our blessed Lord. We would follow 
Him to Golgotha as He bore the cross for us. Help us to 
live in His forgiving presence. We thank Thee for this 
repast; in the Master's name. Amen. 

Our Father, with gratitude we come to ask Thy blessing 
upon these elements of food. May we accept them in 
humility and with faith; in the name of our crucified and 
risen Lord, we pray. Amen. 

EASTER 

Our Father, who didst bring from the grave our blessed 
Saviour, we rejoice as we hear the good tidings of eternal 
life through Him. We are thankful for this food. Amen. 

Thou, O Lord, hast inspired us through the message of 
Easter. We are grateful for the sunrise of this beautiful 
day. With gratitude we bow in Thy presence. Amen. 

Through faith in Christ, who is our eternal hope, we 
bow in Thy presence. We offer our thanks to Thee for 
all Thy mercies to us; in Thy name. Amen. 



Heavenly Father, 

With hope that guides our way, 
By love that redeems our souls, 
Through fellowship that makes us happy, 
Inspire us to be thankful. Amen. 



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mother's day 
For those unselfish souls who labor in the building of 
homes, we give Thee thanks, O Lord. Bless our home and 
make us mindful of Thy providential care. Amen. 

Our Father, we find here 

A loveliness in every touch, 

A thoughtfulness of every one, 

A kind word for those she loves. 

We thank Thee for our mother. Amen. 

father's day 
Our Father, as we honor our father, may we receive the 
blessing of Thy love and care. We are grateful for this 
day of thoughtfulness. With gratitude we receive this meal. 
Amen. 

Heavenly Father, we would honor him who provides for 
this home and cares for his children. Bless this meal and 
help us to receive it with gratitude. Amen. 

memorial day 
Our Father, as we observe this day in memory of those 
who gave their lives for their country, help us to work for 
peace. We thank Thee for Thy provision for our needs. 
Bless us now and use us for Thy service; in Jesus' name. 
Amen. 



Our Father, in living remembrance of those who gave 
their lives in our behalf, we pray for peace. Preserve Thy 
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our thanks for every blessing; through Jesus Christ our 
Lord. Amen. 

children's day 
Our Father, who hast blessed our homes with little 
children, we are grateful. Enable us to provide a happy 
home for those who abide here. With gratitude we re- 
ceive this food. Amen. 

Heavenly Father, in this day we set apart for children, 
make us attentive to their care. Bless this home and make 
us grateful for Thy provision for our needs. In Jesus' 
name. Amen. 

INDEPENDENCE DAY 

Gracious Father, we thank Thee for freedom and its 
meaning in this good land. Help us to preserve it for 
every person on earth. With gratitude we eat this food. 
In Thy name. Amen. 

Dear Lord, we thank Thee for a country where persons 
are interdependent. Let us find here the Christian fellow- 
ship of those who worship Thee. In the spirit of Christ 
we thank Thee for our daily bread. Amen. 



THANKSGIVING 

Our Father, we praise Thee for the festivities of this 
happy occasion. As we remember with gratitude the 
mercies Thou hast bestowed upon our lives, we rejoice. 
We thank Thee for this feast; in the spirit of Christ. 
Amen. 



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O Lord, our Lord, we praise Thee for Thy goodness to 
us. With steadfast faith in Thy providential care, we offer 
Thee our thanks for every blessing that has come our way. 
In abundance Thou hast provided for our needs. Amen. 

CHRISTMAS EVE 

Our Father, in the light of the guiding star, we bow 
at Bethlehem's cradle. Our hearts are warmed by the happy 
faces of little children. We are grateful for Thy gift of 
the Christ child whom we adore; in Thy name. Amen. 

On this night of nights, O Lord, our hearts rejoice. We 
read the story and rejoice because Thou hast sent Him. Let 
us share this food in the spirit of His life, and let us find 
the beauty of His eternal presence. Amen. 

In the hope of this new star that guided the Wise Men 
to His cradle, we give Thee thanks for this food. Amen. 

CHRISTMAS 

Eternal God our Father, who didst send Thine only Son 
to reveal Thy purpose, we thank Thee for His coming. On 
this anniversary of His birth, we give our thanks for every 
blessing we here receive; in His name. Amen. 



Help us, O Lord, to keep Christ at the center of our 
observance of His birth. On this joyous occasion we unite 
our hearts in prayer, that He may dwell in us through all 
our days. With loving gratitude, we thank Thee for this 
abundance of food we now receive. In the spirit of Christ. 
Amen. 



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year's end 
"Lord, Thou hast been our dwelling place in all genera- 
tions." We thank Thee for the number of days Thou hast 
given us on this earth. Make glad our hearts as we complete 
this cycle of time, with all its benefits. They are from Thy 
hand. We are thankful for all. In Thy name. Amen. 

We pause to give thanks for Thy goodness to us, our 
Father. Thou hast brought us on our way to this, another 
Year's end. Thou hast blessed us with food. With humble 
thanks we would accept it; in the Master's name. Amen.